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'Amazing Spider-Man 2' weaves $35 million first day at box office

6/17/2014
'Amazing Spider-Man 2' weaves $35 million first day at box office © Sony Pictures / 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' weaves $35 million first day at box office

By Todd Cunningham
TheWrap

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was weaving a dominating web at the box office Saturday, after taking in $35,5 million in its first day of release Friday.

That puts Sony's Marvel superhero sequel on pace to bring in around $92 million for the weekend, the first in Hollywood's blockbuster summer season. And it gives "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" a good shot at catching Disney's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," another Marvel superhero sequel that posted the year's biggest opening in April with $95 million, which took in $37 million on its first day.

That will depend on the family turnout on Saturday and Sunday for the PG-13 comic book adventure, which drew a "B+" from first-night moviegoers, but an "A-" from those under 25 years of age. The Friday total for the Spidey sequel is almost the same as the first day that "The Amazing Spider-Man" managed on July 3 in 2012, before going on to take in $114 million over the six-day holiday.

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The impressive Friday haul for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" came from 3,424 locations, 354 of which were IMAX theaters. It included $8.7 million from Thursday night shows at roughly 3,000 theaters.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and features Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and Dane DeHaan. Marc Webb returns to direct, from a script by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Jeff Pinkner. Marvel Entertainment's Avi Arad produces, along with Orci and Kurtzman.

The two runner-up films weren't close to the leader, but both held up strongly and were off roughly 40 percent from solid showings last weekend.

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Last week's No. 1 movie, "The Other Woman," is looking at a roughly $15 million second weekend after taking in $4.8 million Friday. That would give the PG-13-rated Fox comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton a roughly $47 million total after two weeks.

Sony's faith-based drama "Heaven Is for Real" was third Friday with $2.4 million, which translates to an $8.5 million third week. That put the tale of a pastor (Greg Kinnear) who backs his son after the boy claims to have seen Heaven following a near-death experience at $65 million after three weeks. That's pretty good for a movie with $12 million budget.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" ($2 million) and the animated musical "Rio 2" ($1.7 million) followed on Friday, and both should come in at about $7.5 million for the three days.

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Disney's superhero saga is up to $231 million domestically and $650 million worldwide after five weeks, while Fox's G-rated family film crossed the $100 million mark domestically and has made more than $350 million globally after four weeks.

Paul Walker's "Brick Mansions," the teen sci-fi tale "Divergent," the Lionsgate horror film "The Quiet Ones," Wes Anderson's comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and the faith-based indie drama "God's Not Dead" rounded out the top ten Friday.

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Johnny Depp's sci-fi tale "Transcendence" fell out off the leader board in its third week and may not hit $25 million domestically. It's at $20.5 million after taking in $335,000 Friday.

On the specialty front, Fox Searchlight's British historical drama "Belle" got off to a promising start with $30,728 from four theaters, a $7,682 per-screen average.

Focus Features' comedy "Walk of Shame," starring Elizabeth Banks, struggled on its first day with $14,000 from 51 theaters, a very soft $236 per screen average.

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